by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | January 29, 2014
At the close of its annual winter meeting held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., last week, the Republican National Committee announced that it has selected a 10-member convention committee to investigate potential sites for the party's 2016 national convention, review proposals and recommend a finalist for selection. Former Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen was named chair of that committee. The RNC is expected to vote in August on whether to accept the site-selection committee's  recommended destination. In all, 26 cities are expected to submit bids to the RNC by the Feb. 26 deadline, including Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas, and Phoenix. The chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, is pushing for the 2016 convention to be held earlier than usual, sometime between June 27 and July 18, rather than the traditional date of the last week of August. The official date will be announced this spring.